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2012 elections
9:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New Obama and Romney ads are linked by guilt

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:03 am

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Election 2012
2:55 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Election 2012: Early voting, by state

NPR

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 12:48 pm

Early voting is now an option in most of the country, and roughly a third of all Americans casting a ballot in the 2012 presidential race are expected to do so before Nov. 6, Election Day. For an early voting calendar and state deadlines for voter registration, visit http://apps.npr.org/early-voting-2012/

2012 elections
10:10 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Wash. high court hears arguments on supermajority requirement

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court after oral arguments in a lawsuit to overturn his supermajority requirement for tax hikes. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 5:37 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court could decide by the end of this year whether a voter-approved two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is constitutional. But first, the justices must determine who has the right to challenge the law. That technical question was the focus of oral arguments Tuesday .

It’s not as if the Washington Supreme Court hasn’t heard this case before –- or at least ones similar. Four years ago, it was Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown leading the charge to strike down the supermajority rule.

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Opinion
9:13 am
Wed September 26, 2012

New Republic: Obama's Ohio Turnaround

President Obama shakes hands after a grassroots rally in Columbus, Ohio.
Matt Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 8:22 am

Alec MacGillis is senior editor at The New Republic.

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Washington Tax Codes
6:28 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Court weighs constitutionality of Wash. tax rule 


OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court is considering whether to strike down a rule that makes it more difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes.

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2012 elections
4:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama Talks Of Slavery, Romney Of Freedom At Clinton Global Initiative

President Obama talked of the world's need to crack down on human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 3:35 pm

One presidential candidate talked about slavery, the other of freedom.

And the speeches President Obama and Mitt Romney gave at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Tuesday were as different as the men themselves.

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Opinion
8:15 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Weekly Standard: The Obamacare Bowl

Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally September 21, 2012 in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:47 am

Jeffrey H. Anderson is a writer for The Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

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Opinion
8:15 am
Tue September 25, 2012

New Republic: Romney's health plan is the ER

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the Cox Pavilion on September 21, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
David Becker Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:47 am

Jonathan Cohn is senior editor at The New Republic.

50 million Americans have no health insurance. Does government have an obligation to help them? The answer is no, Mitt Romney suggested during a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday, in part because people can already get care through emergency rooms:

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama: Those like slain U.S. ambassador must determine world's future

President Obama at the U.N. General Assembly this morning.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 9:31 am

  • The 2012 president's address to the U.N.

Using the example set by the life of slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, President Obama this morning told delegates to the United Nations that the diplomat's killers will not determine the world's future. Instead, Obama said, it will be people such as Stevens who build "bridges across oceans and cultures" and set the world's agenda.

We updated as the president spoke. Scroll down to read through the highlights.

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It's All Politics
7:31 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney thwacks Obama for calling Libya and other hot spots 'bumps'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shakes hands at an aircraft museum in Pueblo, Colo., Monday.
Bryan Oller AP

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 4:00 pm

It's taken as a given that American voters in 2012 aren't as concerned about foreign policy as they are the domestic economy.

It's also accepted as true that on matters of foreign policy, President Obama has an advantage over his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lacks significant firsthand foreign policy experience.

But Romney has made it a point lately to show that he's not ceding foreign policy and national security to Obama.

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It's All Politics
7:12 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney's Medicaid Remarks On '60 Minutes' Raise Eyebrows

Mitt Romney talks with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.
AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:21 pm

It's not so much what Mitt Romney said about whether the government should guarantee people health care in his interview on CBS's 60 Minutes Sunday that has health care policy types buzzing. It's how that compares to what he has said before.

To back up a bit, Scott Pelley asked the former Massachusetts governor if he thinks "the government has a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don't have it today?"

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The Two-Way
7:11 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Romney touts 'prosperity pacts' to help Middle East, developing nations

One former president, one would-be: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (left), spoke this morning at former President Bill Clinton's annual forum in New York City. President Obama addresses the Clinton Global Initiative later today.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 6:52 am

Saying that foreign aid must play a role in bringing peace to the Middle East, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made the case today for what he calls "prosperity pacts" that would aim U.S. assistance packages at nations that develop "the institutions of liberty, the rule of law, and property rights."

Romney was addressing the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, a forum that will host President Obama later today.

If he's elected in November, Romney said (per his prepared remarks):

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2012 elections
7:08 am
Tue September 25, 2012

A political litmus test, in 6 jokes

President Obama laughs as comedian Jimmy Kimmel gives his monologue during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., on April 28.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:28 pm

Is it possible to tell whether you are a liberal or a conservative by the jokes you think are funny?

Maybe so. "Like smell or taste, humor is a sense and different people are going to think different things are funny," says Alison Dagnes, author of the just-published book A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor. "When you throw politics into the mix, our opinions and our biases will affect the way the jokes land."

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2012 elections
8:36 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

In fundraising, Oregon's pro-pot campaign lags Washington's

Washington's effort to legalize marijuana is backed by some deep-pocketed national donors. But Oregon's campaign is struggling to raise even a bare minimum of cash. Photo by New Approach Washington

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 5:04 pm

SALEM, Ore. – This November, voters in Oregon and Washington will decide whether to legalize marijuana. The Washington effort is backed by some deep-pocketed national donors. But Oregon's campaign is struggling to raise even a bare minimum of cash.

Washington’s Initiative 502 would allow adults to buy marijuana at state-licensed stores. Oregon's Measure 80 would do that too, and would allow people to grow their own pot. The Washington backers have rung up more than $3 million in donations, allowing them to hit the TV airwaves.

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2012 elections
3:13 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Methodology: Counting Hispanic Surnames

This map illustrates each county's Latino population in 2011 along with estimates of Hispanic elected officials. Darker colors indicate a larger share of population. The database counted Hispanic surnames among county commissioners, city councilors, mayor

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:42 pm

So you may be wondering how we reached the conclusion that just 2 percent of the elected officials in the Northwest are Hispanic. Here's how we did it.

First, we collected the names of every elected state official ... every county commissioner, city councilor, mayor and school board member. We added in members of Congress for good measure. We came up with 8, 244 names.

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